Today’s BBC Assignment program reports on a secret library salvaged from the wreckage of Daraya in Syria which is under continuing siege by government forces. You can listen to the story at this link.

The library now has 14,000 books. They refuse to ban any books: “Censoring books just leads to ignorance”. As the librarian says “Just like the body needs food, the soul needs books”.

The library is used for education — local doctors use it to read up on treatments, but fighters also borrow books and read while on duty.